High Times Still Hasn’t Paid All Reggae Debts, Covering the Annual Audit Might Rely on a Sound(board) Decision, and More From the Mateel’s Board Meeting
Community Meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas
During public comment, Veterans for Peace member, Brian Ormond, thanked the Board for opening the hall for the Vets for Peace’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. However, he requested the Mateel not describe these meals as being “for the hungry.”
Ormond explained that the holiday meals are for the entire community and said the people who attend tend to include those with limited family in town, those who do not need or choose to cook an entire meal, and those for whom it will cost too much to buy all the ingredients, as well as those without kitchens.
Ultimately, the Board invited Ormond to write the release the Mateel would use. This satisfied Ormond and he will email the verbiage to the Board. Those holiday meals will happen again this year.
Halloween Boogie 2018
The Halloween Boogie is scheduled this year on Saturday the 27th of October. As usual, it is a co-production between the Mateel and KMUD Radio. An anonymous community member has paid for the entertainment, so the Board expects the two agencies to be successful in their fundraising efforts. The Mateel will take the bar and KMUD will take the kitchen. A volunteer is coming with a food truck to provide for the artists.
The Halloween Boogie headliners will be Anthony B with Warrior King and Lacey Redhead.
Reggae on the River wrap-up
With regard to Reggae on the River, Board Treasurer Eryn Snodgrass explained High Times Production has not paid the school district for its shuttle services nor the Arthur family for use of its land as of yet. The Board was polite but clearly frustrated with the delay. Members also noted that the Mateel has not been reimbursed for its expenses securing the necessary permits because the government agencies do not give invoices and receipts. The Board believes the Mateel will get paid eventually.
Gambles for the Audit
Last month the Board discussed selling its Gamble analog soundboard to pay for its audit. However, Board Member Dusty Hughston noted it would fly in the face of the Mateel’s business plan to take such an action. Since then Loren Miller gave the Mateel two 32-channel analog Gamble soundboards. Board Treasurer Eryn Snodgrass went to Lake Tahoe and picked them up. The Board will have its current soundboard, which is more of a collector’s item because it’s #1 in its production series, assessed. The Board hopes to use the proceeds to pay its $5,000 audit fee.
Next month’s Mateel Board meeting is its annual Membership Meeting. The Board will be publicizing that it’s moved the date forward a week to avoid conflicting with Thanksgiving. The Membership Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 13th at the Mateel hall. Board Members hope to have a long list of candidates nominated and are considering who they each might nominate. When asked if that might be interpreted as working to “stack the Board,” they denied that.
Board Secretary Anna Rogers said getting people to consider taking the seat vacated by Marcus Schaible earlier this year was a real challenge. Rogers also said that having a variety of voices and segments of the community represented on the Board benefits the Board and the Mateel Community Center greatly.
additional information: Sunday October 21 from 4-6pm the Board has set up a Heal the Mateel community gathering. The Board is sitting in a circle with its membership to hear from people and to encourage healing over this financial crisis as well as painful events from the past including the lawsuit with People’s Production over Reggae on the River a full decade ago.